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Rotten School: The Great Smelling Bee

on March 26, 2013

JF Stine    •    AR Reading Level: 2.8    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #88861

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Bernie Bridges lives at Rotten School.  He and his friends love nothing better than a good prank.  Too bad their dorm mother, Mrs. Heinie, and headmaster, Mr. Upchuck, don’t have the same great sense of humor, or any discernable sense of humor at all!  Mrs. Heinie and Mr. Upchuck just want to enforce the school rules.

One morning, a large package arrives for Bernie.  His parents have sent him a parrot named Lippie who says all kinds of really cool rude things, and a bulldog named Gassy whose sole talent is to produce a horribly noxious odor (that means he farts really stinky farts!) Bernie is thrilled!  The only problem is that pets aren’t allowed at Rotten School.  If Mr. Upchuck finds out about Lippie and Gassie, Bernie will be expelled!  How in the world is Bernie going to hid Lippie and Gassie from the prying eyes of Mrs. Heinie?

When readers think of R.L. Stine, they likely think of scary books, like Goosebumps.  However The Great Smelling Bee, the second book in R.L. Stine’s Rotten School series, is not at all scary.  It’s gross.  Really, really GROSS!  This book is filled with fart jokes and toilet humor.  Readers who think that passing gas is the highest form of comedy will be rolling on the floor laughing at the humor in this book!

The gross-out story is accompanied by over-the-top caricatures.  These illustrations include globs of  gooey parrot poop and noxious clouds of toxic dog farts.  They are as off-beat as the story and provide a perfect complement to the text of the book.

Genre: Comedy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-5

Stine, R. L. (2005). Rotten School: the great smelling bee. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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